Meth Lab Cleanup Bill

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email
Some state lawmakers want to change the rules about about who gets compensated after a meth lab bust.

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Some state lawmakers want to change the rules about about who gets compensated after a meth lab bust.

But we're told that bill may be running out of time.

Senate Bill 204 would end reimbursements for meth lab cleanups through the state's Crime Victims Compensation Fund.

Lawmakers say the state paid more than $700,000 for meth lab claims last year.

That money was never reimbursed by the federal government.

Supporters say with money being tight, landlords should be responsible for cleaning up their property.

But critics think that's not fair.

"There's no other funds set aside just for cleanup. I would feel sorry for that person because insurance will not usually pick that up," says Sen. David Nohe. "Now, I think it would be a crime if somebody has a dilapidated building and they would rent that to someone they know possibly might do a meth lab. I feel they're as guilty as the person doing the lab and shouldn't be reimbursed in any way."

The bill did not reach the Senate floor during Monday morning's session.

It could be presented at the capitol during Monday night's session.

Senator Nohe says if not, the bill will likely die.


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